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Trying To Dispose Of Old Pickle, Having Trouble Neutralizing?

Discussion in 'Tanning' started by irradiatedsnakes, Jan 8, 2021.

  1. irradiatedsnakes

    irradiatedsnakes New Member

    Rediscovered a bucket of pickle from my first time tanning sitting around. It's been there for a very long while- i pulled out a LOT of salt/citric acid (presumably) crystals beforehand. It's only maybe a gallon or two but it's incredibly acidic. I've been trying to neutralize it by pouring in baking soda, waiting, checking pH then pouring in more as needed but ive used my entire bag and it's only raised from about a 1.5 to maybe 3.5. I just want to be able to dispose of this stuff but it's eating baking soda for breakfast- is there something I'm missing or is this normal?
  2. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    For the most part it’s normal, but pour that into a trash can and fill with water then it should dilute it then put a little more baking soda in it and u should be good

  3. Doug B

    Doug B Well-Known Member

    spray it on your weeds , they will be gone all summer
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  4. irradiatedsnakes

    irradiatedsnakes New Member

    Gotchya, thanks so much for the help!
  5. pir^2h

    pir^2h Retrievers give you the bird

    I discovered this inadvertently. I use it on my gravel driveway. It was more effective than round up and since it was a waste product, free!
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  6. joeym

    joeym Old Murphey

    Pour it down the toilet...It'll give your drainage pipes a good cleaning.
  7. irradiatedsnakes

    irradiatedsnakes New Member

    Thanks so much for the advice, all!
  8. cyclone

    cyclone Posts: 400001

    Not really, pH is a logarithmic scale. If you add 9 gallons of distilled water to 1 gallon of an acidic solution the pH will raise 1 unit..

    Baking soda is inexpensive. Buy a box, around 25 cents if you buy a name brand, dump the entire box in..then dispose after it stops foaming..
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  9. 13 point

    13 point Well-Known Member

    So if u put 1 gal in a 25 gal trash can and filled it , it would move it 3 points as I said dilute it Yes . Then add you Bsoda and done .
  10. cyclone

    cyclone Posts: 400001

    Actually, it would theoretically only change 2.5 units not 3, all other things being equal.

    The amount of baking soda you add will do the same thing to the 1 gallon solution as it will to the 25 gallon dilute solution.. 1 equivalent of base will neutralize 1 equivalent of acid...whether it is in 1 gallon or 25 gallons...
    Frank E. Kotula likes this.
  11. byrdman

    byrdman Well-Known Member

    find someone with a swimming pool that needs ph
  12. Keith

    Keith Well-Known Member

    All joking aside, don't pour it down the drain if you have a drainfield.
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